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NASA Orders SpaceX Crew Mission To International Space Station (nasa.gov) 69

An anonymous reader writes: NASA has placed its first mission order for SpaceX to launch astronauts to the International Space Station from U.S. soil. SpaceX is now in a race with Boeing, who received a similar order in May, to see which private space company can deliver astronauts to the ISS first. NASA said, "Commercial crew missions to the space station, on the Boeing CST-100 Starliner and SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft, will restore America's human spaceflight capabilities and increase the amount of time dedicated to scientific research aboard the orbiting laboratory." They anticipate dramatic reductions in cost for launching astronauts to orbit compared to similar missions aboard Russian rockets. "Each company also must successfully complete a certification process before NASA will give the final approval for flight. Each contract includes a minimum of two and a maximum potential of six missions. A standard commercial crew mission to the station will carry up to four NASA or NASA-sponsored crew members and about 220 pounds of pressurized cargo. The spacecraft will remain at the station for up to 210 days, available as an emergency lifeboat during that time."
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NASA Orders SpaceX Crew Mission To International Space Station

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  • I can wait. (Score:5, Insightful)

    by NMBob ( 772954 ) on Friday November 20, 2015 @07:25PM (#50972605) Homepage
    I've always wanted to go to space using the lowest bidder AND the winner of a race. Must be The New NASA.
    • I've always wanted to go to space using the lowest bidder AND the winner of a race. Must be The New NASA.

      It's also The Old NASA. [brainyquote.com]

      • by NMBob ( 772954 )
        Oh, that's right! I forgot he said that. OK, I guess then it's the more things change the more they stay the same.
  • dead or alive?
  • It'll be at least a decade before anyone catches up with Russia.
    Why did we give up? Was is the Kardashians?

    • by tsotha ( 720379 )
      We took a wrong turn and were too proud to admit it. The shuttle was a terrible mistake.
    • "Why did we give up? "

      Because manned missions into space are inherently risky for crews, and will be for a long time to come. Though NASA engineers, contractors and crewpeople understand this risk and are willing to accept it, NASA administration knows that any loss of life means a firestorm of criticism from anti-science activists and imposes a delay of years on the program wherein it occurs. Private companies, not as subject to anti-science politics, can pick up and try again.

  • NASA awarded a contract to Boeing first, but what are the odds that SpaceX will fly first?
  • by dasgoober ( 2882045 ) on Friday November 20, 2015 @07:39PM (#50972663)

    if it floats, flies or f*cks ... rent.

You are in a maze of little twisting passages, all different.